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Edgar Allan Poe

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LOCATION
13 West Range
University of Virginia
McCormick Road
City of Charlottesville

DESCRIPTION
Born in Boston in 1809, Edgar Poe was orphaned at age three. He was taken in by John and Frances Valentine Allan but never legally adopted. Poe attended the University of Virginia beginning in 1826 and he is believed to have lived in 13 West Range until he departed in December of that year due to financial constraints. At U.Va., Poe studied in the Schools of Ancient and Modern Languages. He later set his “Tale of the Ragged Mountains ” in the hills surrounding Charlottesville . Poe went on to become a master of short story writing, counting “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” among his numerous tales. His most famous work, however, was the long poem “The Raven,” which he wrote in 1844.

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)—writer, poet, and critic—-was born in Boston, Mass. Orphaned at a young age, Poe was raised by John and Frances Allan of Richmond. He attended schools in England and Richmond before enrolling at the University of Virginia on 14 Feb. 1826 for one term, living in No. 13 West Range. He took classes in the Ancient and Modern Languages. While at the university, Poe accumulated debts that John Allan refused to pay. Poe left the university and briefly returned to Richmond, before moving to Boston in Mar. 1827. Some of his best-known writings include the Raven, Annabel Lee, and the Tell-Tale Heart. He also edited the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond from 1835 to 1837. Poe died in Baltimore, Md." (Erected in 2003.)

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